The kids birthdays are only a few days apart so we have a bit of a birthday week going on at this time of the year.
(Note: this post is mostly a reference post for me for future cakes)
I consulted with my newly 4 year old about cakes for her and her brother and we decided that she wanted a ladybird (not a ladybug) like she had last year but this time it had to be pink with lots of spots. The spots later got upgraded to being purple in particular and there had to be a sticking out tongue. I have two hemisphere cake pans that I bought for last year’s efforts and made a 1.5 x banana cake to fill the two of them. I skipped the mashing bananas step and my Kitchen Aid mixed them in quite thoroughly anyway. The small cake was cut and then stuck to the larger with vanilla butter-cream which was spread over the rest of the cake too. I used store bought black and fuchsia fondant icing for the body and small amounts of white fondant that I coloured with gel colourings for the facial features and spots. I had a bit of trouble with getting the black icing smooth especially on the face as it ended up very thin in parts but she was not bothered by it’s wrinkles and was pretty excited by her cake.
Wee Man didn’t have much to say about his thoughts (he’s still not much for talking) but Hobbit and I decided on chocolate cake with chocolate icing and a rocket on top. Wee Man told us that rockets fly to the moon so we had to have a moon too. I used the large hemisphere cake tin to make the cake (a single recipe of chocolate cake) and then covered it in chocolate butter-cream. I again used white fondant that I coloured with gels to make the decorations. The rocket and moon are from cookie cutters (they came in a set with an astronaut) and the stars are from little icing cutters. He was pretty excited about the rocket flying in the sky to the moon and very much enjoyed having Happy Birthday sung to him.
to make Christmas cake. Made my Christmas cake on Sunday – used the same recipe as last time and apart from struggling to stir the full mix as I should have used a bigger bowl it all went well. It’s wrapped in many layers of foil and cling film and hiding in the cupboard til Christmas (if I remember it’ll get extra doses of Brandy but I forgot last year and it didn’t seem to matter).
I’ve also been making Christmas cards whilst Hobbit has been scribbling with crayons and have enough made now to cover this Christmas. I think I try out a new technique most years – last year it was lots of embossing, this year it’s colouring in stamped images. I bought a couple of magazines a month or two ago with Christmas stamps as the free gift and have used those in my cards this year.
I’ve also started working on some images for birthday/baby/generic cards for the first few months of next year so that I don’t have to think about them with a newborn in the house. The drawings are not really my own (though the colouring is) – they come from various how to draw websites (I used similar for making glass ornaments last Christmas). It’s fun colouring them in – clearly I should look into some adult colouring in books. Some will get stamped sayings added to the image but some will stay plain. I’ve also some more specific cards to make – new baby and a special birthday – but I hope these will come in handy.
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Every time I look out the window at the moment the trees seem to have more and more yellow leaves. The weather has changed and the nights are closing in. It’s definitely turned into autumn.
Given that it’s suddenly autumn I no longer feel ridiculous for wanting to make soup and casseroles all the time. Tonight’s dinner was butternut squash soup (not sure where the recipe came from originally) – nice and thick and warm. With it we had Rosemary and Onion Bread with Blue Cheese Topping. I’ve made this before and it was just the right thing for dunking in the soup. And Hobbit even ate some soup!
Leftovers for lunch tomorrow 🙂Craft wise the blanket is making steady progress and I’ve sewn the third of four t-shirts. The windows are clean and our wardrobe is sorted out. Altogether the two wardrobes had three bins worth of cardboard boxes in them – not entirely sure why I though I needed to save so many. I’ve also cleaned off a couple of bits of wall – one where the stroller lives and the other behind the pillows on our bed. There’s a few more things on the list but I pleased to be making progress.
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- I finished the cowl, blocked it but haven’t gotten good photos
- I knit a short sleeved cardigan for the hobbit, again no photos
- I’ve made 4 cards for various occasions, yet again there are no photos
- Went to the park and saw a frog, a rabbit, a swan, ducks, seagulls, pigeons, dogs, the remnants of a rabbit, and lots of daffodils
- Been rained on and blessed with sunshine
- Seen some lovely sunsets
- Been woken up at the wrong time of day
- Started a baby blanket for a baby due in May
- Baked cheese muffins
- Made poppyseed bread again (still yummy)
- Started sewing a dress for hobbit – successfully made buttonbands (minus the buttonholes), a collar and set in the sleeves
- Finished the Wheel of Time series – a bit sad there will be no more
- Have completely ignored knitting on my Ivy League Vest
- Acquired wool for a birthday present and a couple of balls of sock yarn at the Hobbycraft sale
- Did not lose the hobbit when she kept wandering off at storytime
- We are all still alive 🙂
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I’ve been quietly working away on a number of things in the last 10 days, none of which are the Ivy League Vest. I wound the skein of sock yarn from the yarn fest (mostly because I want to see what it’d look like), I think I like it even more now. I’ve been spinning some more. I wound off the 10g of blue merino that I’d spun and the then spun some rainbow tussah silk sliver. It’s only ten grams worth and spun up really fast. I haven’t plied it yet (will be a chain-ply to preserve the colour sequence) and have no idea what I’m going to do with it. I’m now spinning up some shetland/silk I bought 2 and a half years ago at Woolfest. It’s also spinning up nice and fast, it’s very airy roving and super easy to draft.
My second sock is in progress, part way up the leg and I’ve finished off the wee stranded camera cosy. The bright orange is the yarn I bought from The Yarn Yard at the yarn festival, it’s in the process of becoming a hat and is lovely to work with.
I’ve also been baking a bit more lately, the picture is of chive and cheese scones I made last week but I’ve also been busy making various kinds of muffins, a loaf of rye bread (mostly in the freezer for later soup dunking) and a banana cake to use up bananas from the freezer.
The weather has been rather off putting for outside adventures (I wish it would make up it’s mind as it’s snowing in the above picture and an hour later as I write this it’s brilliantly sunny!) and we’ve been sticking close to home getting some spring cleaning done. I’ve started to use Remember the Milk to keep track of to-do lists and when I’ve done various bits of housework that don’t need doing every week but do need doing more often than I remember on my own. My phone is very much not smart and so I’ve just been using the website but it seems to be working out well so far.
Time to get dinner in the oven now.
A little hobbit had a very important birthday this week.
There were rainbows involved, including one in the sky (well not quite on her birthday). A large amount of food colouring was used. A teeny tiny bit of cake was consumed by the birthday girl. She was not particularly impressed. I’m not entirely sure she thought it was food.